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DRY NEEDLING at Amari Physiotherapy & Massage in Surrey

Suffering from chronic or acute pain? Many patients at Amari Physiotherapy & Massage in Surrey find relief with Dry Needling from chronic neck, back and shoulder pain, headaches, tendonitis, and jaw pain.

After a comprehensive assessment, your physiotherapist at Amari Physiotherapy & Massage in Surrey may recommend Dry Needling. Usually, a recovery plan includes a combination of therapies.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a science-based system. A specially trained physiotherapist inserts tiny needles into very specific trigger points on your neck, back and arms. If you are a runner, you may have some on your legs, too. Your body’s myofascial trigger points refer pain throughout the body. The needles normalize the chemical levels in these trigger points, decreasing muscle tension and pain.

Dry Needling helps many conditions like:

  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff damage
  • Knee pain
  • Sciatica
  • Hip and gluteal pain
  • Achilles’ tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis

How do I know if I have trigger points causing my pain?

Most patients describe a trigger point as a “knot.” If you poke or rub the knot, you may find it hurts somewhere else (sometimes not even nearby!) or radiates to the surrounding area. Trigger points tend to cause more widespread pain than just in the muscle where they are found. A trigger point is often tender to the touch and may cause pain at any time.

This technique also helps muscular issues not involving trigger points, like rotator cuff damage.

Most importantly, your physiotherapist knows if you have trigger points causing your pain, even if you don’t know. As part of your initial and ongoing assessments, they will keep you informed.

Dry Needling – What to Expect

Your physiotherapist at Amari Physiotherapy & Massage in Surrey inserts tiny needles into your skin. Dry Needling requires no injection and no liquid inserted. So, dry needles are much, much thinner – so thin that you may not feel them at all! Some patients feel a twitch when the trigger point starts to release. This is usually a very good sign that the therapy is working!

Many patients find the immediate effects of Dry Needling are reduced muscle tension and greater range of motion.

Is Dry Needling like acupuncture?

Yes and no. Both therapies use tiny needles, but the philosophies are quite different. Therapeutic dry Needling is scientific, Western medicine focusing on muscle groups and the body’s physical structure. Acupuncture is Chinese medicine focusing on balancing the flow of energy in the body.

In Summary

If your physiotherapist at Amari Physiotherapy & Massage in Surrey recommends Dry Needling, you are in for a treat! Many patients feel some immediate pain and muscle tension relief. Call today to discover how Dry Needling could solve your chronic or acute pain.

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